BrahMos, the India-Russia joint-venture, has developed an anti-aircraft carrier variant of the supersonic cruise missile and successfully tested it recently.

Sharing the information, BrahMos Chief A. Sivathanu Pillai said here that with this the organisation achieved the capability to attack aircraft carriers using the supersonic vertical dive variant of the missile that could travel up to 290 km.

Addressing media at the Defexpo here, he said that the steep dive variant of the missile was done for the Army and after its success, the path for the induction of the fourth regiment for mountain warfare was clear.

The Army had plans to deploy the missile regiment in the Northeast along the borders with China and the proposal was accorded sanction in a Defence Acquisition Council meeting last year.

Dr. Pillai said the tests were conducted also to evaluate certain new systems of the missile, which were produced by the Indian industries so that bulk production clearance could be given for integration. “This will facilitate faster induction in the Indian armed forces,” he said.

Considering that the country was planning to induct a number of new aircraft including the medium multirole combat fighter aircraft and MiG-29K naval fighters, the BrahMos planned to develop smaller version of the missile for them.

Meanwhile, at a brief function Dr. Pillai released a compendium of military issue, `Brahmand 2012,' which is an update of world defence covering technology, procurements, military data and up-to-date figures and information on defence budgets and equipment holding.